Last week when I featured my new awesome letterpress artwork, a few people asked about the flower garland I have strung across the fireplace.
I was going to simply direct them to the post I'd written about it, when I realized I've actually never posted about that adorable garland! So today I'm going to give a quick lesson on creating flowers and garlands. The best part about this garland are these flowers, which are super versatile, fun and easy!
First, gather all your supplies. You'll need fabric (I usually use two to three different fabrics), scissors, thread and a needle.
Next cut out three sizes of circles, with four circles per size.
Third, take the largest circles and fold all four in half.
Next, over lap each half circle as shown above. (Not sure how to describe that without confusing everyone!) Last, using a simple straight stitch, sew all the sides together. I use a diagonal cross pattern. I've found that it secures a little better.
See all the great ruffles you get just from this first layer?
Not just repeat with as many colors and as many layers you'd like. Sew each layer together individually, and then sew it to the layers it'll sit on. The more layers, obviously, the fuller your flower will be.
I've played around with a bunch of different ways to make these. You can cut ridges along the outside to make it look more like petals. I also like mine really poofy. There are a few ways to get there. First, make lots of layers. Second, use heavier weight fabric.
Third, sew two circles together before you start layering. I really like this way because it not only adds weight and dimension, but you only see the front of the fabric on each side (see above).
As you can see these flowers are very easily customizable. Once you have the basic shape, there are a million variations.
I think they'd be really cute as pins to brighten an outfit, or even as some sort of hair clip.
But, to turn them into a garland, simply sew as many as you'd like onto a piece of fabric, ribbon, or in my case twine. These tend to get a little heavy, so make sure you sew the twine or ribbon on the top half of the flower. It'll help the flower not look droopy on the garland.
Last, just hang where ever you need a little color and a little festiveness!
Thanks for stopping by today! Hope you all are having a great friday! :)